WHO: British strain of coronavirus spreads faster than usual

10:52, 09 January 2021
WHO: British strain of coronavirus spreads faster than usual Photo: Marcin Nowak/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

The coronavirus strain identified in the UK is spreading faster than the usual variant, Expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria Van Kerkhove said, TASS reports.

Recent evidence suggests that the common variant is not spreading as quickly as the strain identified in the UK. Here we rely on the reproductive number, which has increased from 1.1 to 1.5, the specialist noted.
She stressed that there is no difference in how the virus spreads, so there is no change in how this variant of infection should be confronted. 
The WHO specialist said that it is necessary to interrupt the transmission chains more diligently, and this process is complicated by the fact that the usual variant of the coronavirus also continues to circulate.
There is no evidence that the variant identified in the UK is more dangerous, Van Kerkhove said.
The new mutation of the coronavirus in the UK became known in mid-December. It is considered 70% more infectious, although the danger of the strain in terms of mortality or hospitalization has not yet been identified.